Hope Sandy won't come this way
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall Wednesday near the country's most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida.
The island's international airports closed, cruise ships changed their itineraries and police ordered 48-hour curfews in major towns to keep people off the streets and deter looting as the late-season storm neared Jamaica's south coast. Police slowly drove through drenched communities in the capital of Kingston with their cruisers' lights flashing.
The 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was forecast to make landfall in the vicinity of Kingston Wednesday afternoon and then spin on into eastern Cuba overnight. It was expected to pass west of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where pretrial hearings were being held for a suspect in the deadly 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole off Yemen. #wp
(Photo: Jamaica Tropical Weather)